Tanoa Togiai has committed to Utah and Nic Sani has committed to Dartmouth. The only remaining uncommitted player with a UW offer is 5-star Zachary Evans who never considered Washington. When Jimmy Lake did not schedule a press conference for this afternoon it was an indicator that there would be no new recruits today but that is now official. Washington’s 2020 recruiting class ends up at 22 players.
The February signing period has lost a lot of its luster now that almost every kid winds up signing in December. That’s particularly true for Washington fans as the Huskies have consistently gotten signatures from all but a few kids during the early window. There are still two more opportunities though to improve on a class that ranks somewhere from 10-15 nationally and is neck and neck with Oregon for the best in the conference.
DT Tanoa Togiai is seemingly the biggest target left on the board. The 3-star nearly 300 pounder out of Rigby, Idaho is set to announce today between his 4 finalists: Washington, Utah, Nebraska, and Kansas State. He most recently took a visit to Montlake a few weeks ago and has had in-home visits from all of the finalists since then to make their final pitch. Togiai has said previously that he plans on telling no one, not even his parents, who the pick is before he calls the coaches to let them know and then announces so it’s anyone’s guess where he winds up.
Washington has 0 scholarship defensive linemen currently signed in the 2020 class which is what makes Togiai such an important piece. Although there is talk that Togiai’s current plan is to play one year of college before taking an LDS mission which means he wouldn’t really end up belonging as part of the 2020 class. But plans can change and getting him in the door now is better than seeing him head elsewhere. Utah likely enters today as the betting favorite but the Huskies certainly have a fighting chance.
The Huskies narrowly lost a battle against USC on Monday night for TE Jack Yary who would’ve become the third tight end in the 2020 class. Nic Sani, a 6’6 246 lb tight end out of Modesto, CA, received an offer this month from the Huskies and it doesn’t take an expert sleuth to determine based on the timing that it was most likely as a fall back plan in case they missed out on Yary. Sani has no other power conference offers and if he heads anywhere other than Seattle you can assume it’s because Washington decided they were content to stand pat with their haul at the position. That seems unlikely though or else why give out the offer in the first place before you hear for sure back from Yary?
Sani represents the first offer at the tight end position for new position coach Derham Cato and so bringing him in gives a good opportunity to view Cato’s chops at discovering potentially overlooked talent. Sani has good size for the position and profiles primarily as a blocking tight end who hopefully can grow more as a pass catcher down the road. He has yet to announce a time for his commitment but hopefully Washington gets word at some point today.
The only other 2 players with reported UW offers that are still uncommitted are Texas natives Zachary Evans and Princely Umanmielen. There is no indication that there has been any interest whatsoever from either with Washington and neither will be a part of the Huskies’ recruiting class.
However, there still could be one other addition. Hawaiian safety Meki Pei had crystal balls put in to Washington yesterday by 247 West coast experts Blair Angulo and Greg Biggins which signals potential good news. Pei was the defensive MVP of the Polynesian Bowl despite playing against numerous players with better offers and higher recruiting rankings. He recently gained his first scholarship offer from Hawai’i but it looks as if he might spurn the hometown school to become a preferred walk-on at Washington.
The Huskies got a PWO commitment last night from RB Christian Galvan whose size and running style will remind fans of Sean McGrew. He became the 7th preferred walk-on to commit to the Dawgs since the early signing period.
DB Kasen Kinchen, 5’11, 165 lbs. 3-star, 0.8423 composite score. Scholarship offers: Oregon, Cal, Air Force, Hawai’i, Utah State.
RB Christian Galvan, 5’9, 180 lbs. 3-star, 0.8098 composite score. Scholarship offers: Columbia, Drake, Georgetown, San Diego.
OL Logan Bruce, 6’5, 300 lbs. 3-star, 0.8098 composite score. Scholarship offers: Air Force, Idaho, Eastern Washington.
DB Isaiah Strong, 6’1, 160 lbs. 3-star, 0.7998 composite score. Scholarship offers: Air Force, Idaho, Eastern Washington.
DE Bradley McGannon, 6’4, 255 lbs. 3-star, 0.7897 composite score. Scholarship offers: Central Washington
DT Josiah Nikolao, 6’2, 300 lbs. 2-star, 0.7796 composite score. Scholarship offers: Central Washington
DB Danny Rivera, 6’1, 185 lbs. 2-star, no composite score. Scholarship offers: Western New Mexico.
Follow along below throughout the day as Washington waits to hear how their late signing push finishes